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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 245 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  12/15/2017

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Community Profile & Stories

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the Community

In Bukhakunga Community, women wake up early to fetch water to help prepare their children for school. The remainder of this water is used for domestic chores. When finished cleaning, women join their husbands on their farms. This being the season for planting crops, they are now preparing the land for maize, beans and other vegetables. When harvested, some of the crops are sold to earn a living. This helps them feed, clothe and pay educational fees for their children.

Water Situation

The 245 people living in Bukhakunga rely on Indiatsi Omukitsa Spring. Its water is used to meet all of their needs, such as drinking, cooking, cleaning, and watering animals. The spring is open to contamination from human and animal activity and waste that’s washed into the water during rains.

During the dry season, the number of people relying on this spring increases because many other springs dry up. The overcrowding during these months has really been a challenge to community members. Even more so, the dirty water has caused locals to constantly fight waterborne sicknesses like typhoid, cholera, and diarrhea.

Sanitation Situation

Less than a quarter of households located around the spring have a pit latrine! They are all in bad condition, and many families share them. The floors are made of wooden logs which cannot be cleaned and are rotting with age. This poses danger to both young and old users, who struggle to balance. Many other locals opt to avoid these conditions entirely, and instead seek the privacy of bushes.

Even less families have hand-washing stations or other helpful tools like dish racks and clotheslines.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Community members will attend hygiene and sanitation training for at least two days. This training will ensure participants are no longer ignorant about healthy practices and their importance. The facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation), CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation), ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development), group discussions, handouts, and demonstrations at the spring.

Training will also result in the formation of a committee that will oversee operations and maintenance at the spring. They will enforce proper behavior around the spring and delegate tasks that will help preserve the site, such as building a fence and digging proper drainage.

Plans: Sanitation Platforms

On the final day of training, participants will select five families that should benefit from new latrines.

Training will also inform the community and selected families on what they need to contribute to make this project a success. They must mobilize locally available materials, such as bricks, clean sand, hardcore, and ballast. The five families must prepare by sinking a pit for the sanitation platforms to be placed over. All community members must work together to make sure that accommodations and food are always provided for the work teams.

Plans: Spring Protection

Fetching water is predominantly a female role, done by both women and young girls. Protecting the spring and offering training and support will therefore help empower the female members of the community by giving them more time and efforts to engage and invest in income-generating activities.

Protecting the spring will ensure that its water is safe, adequate and secure. Construction will keep surface runoff and other contaminants out of the water. “This is an answered prayer to us because it is 40 years now we have bean drinking this water which is not safe and clean,” said Alice, a sanitation and hygiene teacher who lives in Bukhakunga.

Recent Project Updates

05/11/2017: Bukhakunga Community

Bukhakunga Community will soon have a clean, safe source of water thanks to your donation. Community members have been drinking contaminated water from Indiatsi Omukitsa Spring, and often suffer physical illnesses after doing so. Our partner conducted a survey of the area and deemed it necessary to protect the spring, build new sanitation platforms (safe, easy-to-clean concrete floors for latrines), and conduct sanitation and hygiene training. Thanks to your generosity, waterborne disease will no longer be a challenge for the families drinking the spring’s water. We look forward to sharing more details with you as they come! But for now, please take some time to check out the report containing community information, pictures, and maps.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Kakamega, Indiatsi
ProjectID: 4726


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Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.